Antonio Robinson, 18, a former co-captain of the Stamford High School football team who was supposed to receive his diploma this month from Stamford Academy, was shot dead last week under the Interstate 95 bridge on West Avenue.
“He never bothered anybody, so he never had to dodge or hide,” Warren said. “He was on his cellphone, he wasn’t even aware (he was going to be shot).
“What kind of a coward are you?” Warren asked of the person who killed her brother.
Warren said her brother was never in trouble and his death has shocked their family.
“It’s hard, very hard,” she said. “He didn’t bother nobody. He wasn’t in trouble. He wasn’t on probation. He didn’t have any run-ins with the law. The police don’t even know who he is.”
Stamford police said they have made progress in the investigation and are awaiting evidence analysis in the homicide, the city’s first in 18 months.
Sgt. Chris DiCarlo, who is leading the investigation, said witnesses have told officers there were several people in the immediate area when Robinson was killed.
Lt. Tom Barcello said Robinson was involved in an altercation under the pigeon-strewn bridge shortly before he was shot around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Barcello declined to provide details about the altercation, but said it was not a robbery.
After being shot once, police said Robinson ran across West Avenue to the southeast corner of the bridge, then went back across the road and west on Baxter Avenue before collapsing next to a parked car.
DiCarlo said his investigators have interviewed several witnesses, but there are more persons of interest involved in the incident.
He said investigators have reviewed surveillance video from the area and are seeking more footage.
Barcello said investigators have submitted evidence for testing at the state forensics laboratory in Meriden and are working with prosecutors in the Stamford State’s Attorney’s Office.
Robinson’s Aunt, Stephanie Handy, said her nephew’s body has not been returned to the family from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She said they will likely hold a memorial service next week.
Handy called her nephew a “momma’s boy” who did not go out often.
“He stayed home, asking his mother what she was going to feed him next and playing video games,” Handy said. “He was a kid who loved his mother. He was a momma’s boy and never gave her any problems.”Read Full Article
An employee at Stamford Academy on Tuesday said it had been a rough week for the students there and they wouldn’t be answering any questions.
Warren said her brother did not deserve to be killed on the street.
“He died with a clean slate,” she said, “because he was a good person.”
Anyone with information about the case can call investigators at 203-977-4420.
Staff reporter Erin Kayata contributed to this story.